Category: Things to see

Mushrooms and chestnuts in Val d’Intelvi

With the arrival of autumn , the desire to spend time in the woods grows, admiring the wonderful spectacle that nature offers. The warm and intense colors typical of this season offer delicacies, such as mushrooms and chestnuts , to be enjoyed in excellent company.

Val d’Intelvi is a special place to enjoy autumn and its fruits. The spectacle that this valley offers, with its breathtaking views, is truly inimitable . To fully appreciate the beauties of this wonderful place, the advice is to stay there at least a few days. In this regard, the best solution to comfortably visit the area is the Camping ai Colli Fioriti , where you will find maximum hospitality and courtesy.

The green area around the campsite is particularly rich in mushrooms and chestnuts. Fans of these products will be amazed at their abundance in Val d’Intelvi!


Entering the woods it will be easy to find imposing chestnut trees with large and colorful leaves, and be enchanted by the wonderful spectacle that nature offers. The sea urchins are full of chestnuts , good both raw and cooked . Usually each hedgehog contains more than one chestnut and in the autumn they are already quite ripe . With a good dose of patience you can really collect in large quantities!


Going to the highest parts of the Val d’Intelvi, almost reaching the top of the mountains overlooking the panorama, there are many varieties of mushrooms to collect, of different weights and sizes. Above all, the porcini mushrooms are the ones that are most easily found in this area. Every year thanks to the rains, they grow more and more numerous . Some specimens, then, are particularly beautiful. Just walk along the paths of the woods, and venture into even the most tortuous ones, arming yourself with good boots and a large basket , to go home with a nice booty!

Broletto Palace in Como

From the Camping ai Colli Fioriti you can reach the city of Como in less than an hour, along the panoramic road along the western branch of the lake . Como is rich in architectural beauties and among these, one of the most characteristic is certainly the Palazzo del Broletto .

The history of the Broletto

The building is located in the historic center of the city, in Piazza Duomo . In its medieval past, the square represented the union between religious and political power: the first was symbolized by the Cathedral, while the other by the municipal building , called Broletto , built side by side.

The Broletto, therefore, is none other than the ancient town hall built in 1215 by the then mayor Bonardo da Cadazzo. It was he who wanted it next to the Cathedral as an expression of the new municipal power which, developing more and more in the diocesan territory, limited the civil authority of the bishop. The name derives from the Latin term “brolo” which means “open space”. In fact, in the palace, city meetings and assemblies took place, and it was also the place in charge of the administration of justice.

Over time, political, religious and social changes have changed its function. In fact, in the second half of the 15th century, during the reconstruction of the Cathedral, a large part of the Broletto was demolished to give more space to the latter. The ancient civic tower , in particular, was transformed into the current bell tower of the cathedral . Subsequently, the Broletto became first a theater and then a notary archive.

Architectural style

The architectural features of the Broletto are typical of medieval municipal buildings scattered throughout the Italian territory. Its Romanesque Gothic style , with a rectangular plan, is characterized by two facades embellished by an elegant wall facing in perfectly squared marble bands in gray and white colors, alternating irregularly with others of pale red color, coming from the Lariane quarries.
On the ground floor there is a large porch , while on the upper floor , illuminated by three large windows, there is a large hall , used for exhibitions and conferences. The upper floor is also enriched by a balcony that allows a magnificent view of the main square .

After visiting the Broletto, there is nothing better than resting sitting in the shade of its porch . While a ray of sunshine illuminates the square, it will not be difficult to travel with the mind to distant times , dreaming of romantic loves, ancient crafts, men and women of other times who have inhabited these places.